Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise

A critical step to realizing the full potential of technology for underserved adult learners, and by extension their families, involves looking more deeply into equity of access as well as why this population often has underutilized available broadband technology. Digital Promise partnered with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to write a response to the public call for comments to help frame the National Broadband Research Agenda.

Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

Edsurge

However, this lag began to erode when the rise of cloud computing made it possible for edtech startups to flood the market with educational applications, the expansion of broadband internet gave those apps an easy distribution channel into campuses, and an increasing number and variety of mobile devices provided them an in-school abode. One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centered.”

Virginia State Project: Initial data analysis highlights broadband opportunities for divisions

Education Superhighway

This past spring, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership between the state of Virginia and EducationSuperHighway to work toward ensuring that all Virginia public schools have equal and affordable access to broadband technology.

Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway partnered with the Arkansas Governor’s office and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in August 2014 toward the goal of connecting all Arkansas students to high-speed broadband for digital learning.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. For school districts that lack adequate broadband, transparent, accurate data can be incredibly powerful. Machine Learning and Analysis.

Announcing the 2015 State of the States report on school broadband connectivity

Education Superhighway

In 2013, our SchoolSpeedTest analysis of K-12 broadband purchasing revealed only 30 percent of school districts nationwide met the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum Internet access goal of 100 kbps per student, leaving 40 million students without the broadband needed for digital learning.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

families with children in school do not have home broadband access. Big Differences in Prices Districts Pay for Web Connectivity, Analysis Finds. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rateTelecommunications giant Sprint unveiled plans this week to bring devices and wireless connectivity to 1 million impoverished high school students, in what it describes as an ambitious campaign to close the “homework gap.”.

Idaho’s virtual charter schools have a 20 percent grad rate

eSchool News

“This analysis provides the board direction to investigate strategies to help these low-graduating populations improve,” Soltman told the Legislature’s joint budget committee, kicking off a week of education budget hearings. McClatchy Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top News charter charter schools districts Education failure graduation graduation rate graduation rates help high school high school graduation rate high schools leaders news school

Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey

techlearning

The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. Individual responses are kept strictly confidential throughout the survey process and are only used for research and analysis.

What your internet speed tells us about school connectivity

Education Superhighway

Here’s how broadband data provided by school districts across the nation helps improve educational equity for America’s students: 1. Support policy analysis and change. Since its inception, E-rate has been instrumental in making K-12 broadband more affordable and accessible.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

Digital Divides While some may end up with too much of the latest media, others are completely cut off, due to persistent lack of broadband. This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University.

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Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools

EdTech Magazine

With the ease of use, broadband availability, and rapid analysis visualizations , that has allowed teachers to start to make data-driven decisions about personalizing learning for an individual student or at the classroom level. .

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Three actions that helped Darby School District go digital

Education Superhighway

Last May, EducationSuperHighway partnered with Darby School District to connect all students to high-speed broadband so they can take advantage of digital learning in school year 2017.

Three actions that helped Darby School District go digital

Education Superhighway

Last May, EducationSuperHighway partnered with Darby School District to connect all students to high-speed broadband so they can take advantage of digital learning in school year 2017.

Network Essentials: Securing Buy-In For Your Network Upgrade

Education Superhighway

Analyzing the relative costs can be complicated, but tools such as Compare & Connect K-12 let you research and compare K-12 broadband pricing and services with similarly sized districts. 2 – Plan for your school districts broadband budget. #3

OPINION: Online homework tools trade ‘busy work’ for feedback to help end inequities in schools

The Hechinger Report

The report highlights a number of steps that states are taking, including creating one-to-one laptop programs, increasing statewide broadband networks and making Wi-Fi hotspots more readily available. On the other hand, this same meta-analysis showed that systems that were part of a teacher-led homework routine did not worsen achievement gaps and led to increased student learning.

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Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

Edsurge

Even more troublesome than the delays are flat-out denials, says Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit that advocates for improved broadband in schools. This year, there were 347 such requests—for about $440 million in new broadband construction—and only a small fraction have received responses so far. Many rejections come down to technicalities and minor discrepancies found in a battery of complicated paperwork, according to the same analysis.

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Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that w ith access to more information and more data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets. As a result, m ore schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities. Machine Learning and Analysis. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

Why we must address digital equity right now

eSchool News

billion more annually) in E-rate funding means that over the next few years, classroom connections will be broadband with robust wi-fi – an essential requirement for 21st century learning. Yet, many low-income families lack broadband access at home.

Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey

techlearning

April 25, 2018) – The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. Individual responses are kept strictly confidential throughout the survey process and are only used for research and analysis.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that with transparency in broadband speeds and pricing, school districts are empowered to grow their technology programs. Machine Learning and Analysis. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

Digital Equity: Investigating the Homework Gap

Graphite Blog

My goals for the work-study program were to find out: how innovative school districts and governments are undertaking digital-equity strategies that connect homes and locations outside of school to enable learning; new financial models that could be deployed to connect low-income families to broadband networks; and the importance of new partnerships with community foundations, governments, and nonprofits working with school systems to address digital inequities.

After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

Edsurge

Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries. According to Harrington’s analysis , 19 schools in Puerto Rico applied for additional funding for infrastructure repair, requesting around $150,000. Additionally, broadband cost per megabit is dropping across the board, and schools are receiving more bids from telecom providers, making pricing more competitive.

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Oregon school works with EducationSuperHighway to get 11x faster Internet speeds for students

Education Superhighway

Located on a large island in the middle of the Columbia River, Sauvie Island Academy faced several roadblocks to obtaining sufficient broadband speeds. Understand the Broadband Landscape.

Department of Education Updates District Leaders

Leadership Lounge

The department stated that most of the funds from this program have been used for 1:1 programs, smartboards, technology updates, and broadband for rural districts. Staffers from the U.S.

9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

Assess and understand current infrastructure and broadband capabilities. Year after year, stories become public of districts that purchase a large number of devices without doing a thorough analysis of the district’s infrastructure or density study of their current wireless system, rendering devices almost un-useable. This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock announces partnership to connect every classroom in the state to high-speed Internet

Education Superhighway

The Office of the Governor and the Montana Office of Public Instruction have partnered with EducationSuperHighway to bring high-speed broadband to every school in Montana. In the coming weeks, EducationSuperHighway will work directly with school districts and other stakeholders to assess current broadband status across Montana. September 14, 2015.

How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

And to not only seamlessly administer online tests but also enable digital learning in the classroom, schools need robust broadband. Educators know that with springtime comes state assessments and testing—something that more and more states are mandating to be completed online.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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Trying a different podcatcher: Stitcher

Bryan Alexander

That involved opening my laptop to the Digg Reader podcast folder, searching for each title (from Analysis to Wiretap ), and clicking a fat plus sign to include each one in what Stitcher calls my Favorites Playlist. We do have broadband at home, so I can charge up the phone over our home network’s WiFi. I’m trying an experiment this month. It’s part of my quest to improve how I find and listen to podcasts. ( Previous posts ).

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

Edsurge

Equitable: An analysis by John Hansen and Justin Reich of U.S. Social and Cultural Forces Derail Good Intentions: A study by Vikki Katz and Carmen Gonzales of Connect2Compete, a broadband subsidy program, saw low uptake among the low-income families it was designed to serve because it didn’t take into account their local circumstances and concerns. In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives.

Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

Edsurge

After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices. That type of analysis will allow them to make the right moves going forward and continue expanding the program to meet the needs of their district.